Boo Hoo, We're Heading North

Trip Start Apr 11, 2011
Trip End Apr 24, 2011

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Greer's Shadow Pines

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

After a good night's sleep I awoke to the song of an unknown bird serenading us.  It was lovely.  After our morning chores, we went to explore the rest of the park.  We were pleasantly surprised to find the "lagoons" shown in the brochure's drawing were actually beautiful ponds with all the facilities for a nice day of fishing and lazing.  Those fishermen looked like they were in fish heaven.  The people of Cottonwood have a great recreational area at the state park.

We decided it was time to do the laundry.  So, I spent an hour or more at the Maytag center while John drove to McDonald's to get on the Internet and look for a place to stay tonight.  We had to stop by the grocery store.  Did you know that Fry's Grocery is a Kroger store?  So, we got our Smith's discount and purchased diesel for the best price yet, $401. 

I talked John into stopping at the casino for an hour or so.  I even gave him a 20 dollar bill as a bribe.  Good thing, because I walked out $50.00 ahead.  I know that's not a lot, but it put a little kick in my step.  And more important, it was fun!

Besides, it was less than an hour's drive from the casino to Flagstaff, so we had plenty of time today.  We ended up at Greer's Shadow Pines because it is the furthest out of town on highway 89.  We need to drive about 250 miles tomorrow to get to Blanding.  I think we will stay there for a night and go to Capital Reef National Park on Thursday.  But, we are really open on the trip back and not staying on any schedule.

I have to say again, "I love this!"  It is such a wonderful way to travel.  Every day is new and different.  I have my own personal restroom whenever I need it.  There's plenty to eat at all times.  I have a handsome, talented, congenial, funny, knowledgeable and extremely patient chauffeur.  We are on our own schedule and pretty much do whatever we want.  It's wonderful.

I hope you are all busy planning a great adventure.  Maybe we can meet you there!
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Stasia on

It might be time for you guys to buy a lifetime pass to the Nationa Parks of America. It seems expensive until you can use it like you are now. Still have to make reservations for camping but get discounts for the lifetime pass. Think about it! :) Keep going!


Stasia on

Just looked it up - $80 for annual regular - $20.00 for annual if you are over 62 . . . couldn't find lifetime . . . looks like they discontinued it or something. But the annual pass gets you up to 50% off on camping fees and free entries. etc. etc. :)

john.and.becky on

Thank you for your constant kindness, Stasia. You are such a special lady. John bought an annual pass before we left home. But next year I qualify for a senior pass. There always a "silver" lining to getting older. I'll have him take a look at it. There are a lot of National Parks out there that I plan to see. Have a great day.

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